B L A C K
I was the child of a mother of an era that believed young girls should not wear black. And for a long while since she did pay for my wardrobe for a time, I did not have any black clothing save for a a pair of jeans, and a likely a pair of dress pants and skirt. It was fine as a trade off as I pretty much refused to wear pink until more recent times.
While this is a photo prompt, likely due to the fact that it is “Black Friday” in the USA, and now north of the border and across the oceans now.
A friend of mine nominated me to participate in a Black and White photo challenge. Each day, I was to post a photo in black and white, and nominate a different person to participate each day for 5 days in a row.
I grew up seeing a few family albums in black and white, and I am sure, like many, re-discovered them when I saw Ansel Adams photographic prints. I love colour and usually post my photos in full on and sometimes highlight the colour so it was a challenge to find photos that I had taken that would show as well, and in some cases perhaps even better, in black and white.
In this case 15 Years!
Aberlour Speyside Single Highland Malt 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky
The Aberlour 10 Years Old was my first Single Malt Scotch Whisky back in 1993(?) and its 18 Years Old made me fall in love with whisky. It appears that 15 Years Old is now travel exclusive (i.e., Duty Free). If I recall correctly, I traded 6 bottles of wine for this bottle (I really wanted that 18 YO though!)
After ageing for 14 years in both bourbon and sherry casks, this Single Malt is blended and finished for 1 year in Oloroso Sherry casks to add depth and complexity. 40% abv
COLOUR: Deep dark gold amber with copper from the sherry casks.
AROMA: Macintosh toffee caramel, candied orange peel; hint of smoke on the nose.
TASTE: Up front bourbon sweetness, malty, stewed autumn fruits, cinnamon spice, touch of nutmeg marmalade on the palate with sherry spiciness and touch of nuttiness.
FINISH: The spice lingers on the long warming finish.
With many American friends celebrating Thanksgiving this week, giving thanks has been on my mind. Not just thanks for the grand gifts and gestures, but of the little things that mean a lot, for thoughtfulness, for being a friend, for crossing my path. Life gets so busy that we are sometimes lucky to send off a quick text thank you. However, I am trying to be part of the movement of the return of snail mail of correspondence, and hopefully with a fountain pen or ink with some flair. It’s human nature for most to enjoy being acknowledged and appreciated, but did you know, it’s also good for the acknowledger/appreciator 🙂
…Simple gratitude is good for you. Among its benefits: lower blood pressure, strengthened immune systems, reduced loneliness, and measurably improved outlooks on life. Plus, people who practice gratitude “mindfully,” as the current psycho-argot has it, tend to pay things forward; they’re more compassionate to the people around them, generating all-around increased good will. – Glen Martin, The Science of Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude Really is Good for You